Pittsburgh Steelers: O-Line in Trouble Without Maurkice Pouncey
For the third straight season, the Pittsburgh Steelers will start the regular season with an opening day loss. Unfortunately, for the second straight season, Pittsburgh suffered yet another devastating blow to their offensive line early in the season.
Last year, guard David DeCastro tore up his knee in the preseason and missed significant time during the 2012 campaign. Now history has virtually repeated itself in Week 1.
Early in the first quarter of Pittsburgh’s loss to the Tennessee Titans, center Maurkice Pouncey was hit by friendly fire when DeCastro whiffed on a block and rolled up on the Pro Bowl center’s right leg.
Pouncey was carted off the field and taken to a hospital for an evaluation. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tweeted about the status of Pouncey after hearing from an official of the Steelers:
Pouncey done. ACL and MCL surgery for him and Foote biceps
— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) September 8, 2013
With Pouncey’s ACL and MCL tears, the Steelers’ offensive front will be in shambles without their best offensive lineman. Reserve O-lineman Kelvin Beachum will more than likely take over as the team’s starting center, which will decrease the depth of Pittsburgh’s offensive tackle position.
With that being said, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Steelers consider going after longtime veteran offensive tackle Max Starks, who was released by Pittsburgh this offseason, and was also cut by the San Diego Chargers after the preseason.
Even if the organization does lean toward getting Starks, I don’t know if he is a good fit for the Steelers’ zone-blocking scheme. However, I do believe that his knowledge of the offensive playbook is a plus.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google+